Palazzo Strozzi

Surpassing the limits between education and work, tearing down the barriers between design and business, bridging the gaps between creative inspiration and the market. This is Polimoda’s mission for 2016 and the uniting thread of Polimoda Fashion Week, from the 14th – 16th June on the occasion of Pitti Uomo 90. The calendar of varied events has one common goal: to put the emerging fashion talent of the future in contact with professionals today. From the Fashion Show featuring this year’s best design students, to the ‘professional speed dating’ between graduates and companies and the new Talent Development project, Polimoda Fashion Week gives the opportunity to connect creativity and market realities, break boundaries, and create a new vision for fashion.

Polimoda Fashion Week will begin celebrations for the 30th Anniversary of the Institute, which was founded in Florence in 1986 and is today certified as one of the top ten fashion centres in the world. For this occasion, Polimoda’s 2016 Fashion Show will take place for the first time at the Palazzo Strozzi, a poignant setting in the heart of the city. The event will also serve to symbolically inaugurate the new era of direction under Danilo Venturi, who has lead Polimoda as Dean since January 2016 together with President Ferruccio Ferragamo and the strategic consulting of Linda Loppa. Together they continue the tradition of strong leadership for the school, providing solutions capable of immediately responding to market needs and contemporary society through a complete and across-the-board education focused on individual talent. With this vision, the new Talent Development project has been created. This program consist of: the start-up incubator YourselFashion dedicated to Polimoda alumni with ground-breaking ideas, and secondly, the launch of a new Masters Course in Fashion Enterprise tailored to young design entrepreneurs with innovative projects ready to develop.


The events:
To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Polimoda, the Palazzo Strozzi will host the annual Fashion Show, presenting the collections by the best Fashion Design students from the 3rd year class. On this occasion, an international jury will attend and decide the winner of Best Collection for 2016, and the event will be live streamed on the renowned emerging designer platform, Not Just a Label.
Villa Favard The new Talent Development project will be launched in a press conference at Villa Favard. Fashion Enterprise is the new Masters Course transforming creative ideas into fully-fledged businesses. YourselFashion is a start-up incubator in which Polimoda and project partners will hand over all the resources necessary to build, develop and produce a pioneering fashion company.
BUSINESS LINKS Wednesday June 15th, Villa Favard:
A full day dedicated annually to connecting companies with young talent. A strict selection process ensures the right matches are made, requiring businesses to register and be accepted to participate, and likewise graduating students from both business and design courses are individually chosen based on their skills and readiness to join the industry.
The final presentation of the projects by Masters students in Fashion Brand Management.
The ability to craft a perfect garment with technical expertise is one of the most sought-after skills in fashion today. The Fashion Technology Performance will show exactly this, with the work by the graduating students of Fashion Technology.
POLIMODA RENDEZ VOUS WITH OLIVIER BIALOBOS Thursday, June 16th, Villa Favard A one-time event with the Worldwide Communications Director of Christian Dior Couture.